Children's Stuff The Best Halloween Movies for Kids  

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List Rules Halloween-themed or "horror" movies be appropriate for children.

Halloween movies for kids include some holiday classics and some newer films that are quickly becoming classics. The best Halloween movies for kids aren't always overly scary - some are just good, spooky fun! From Beetlejuice to The Haunted Mansion, this list includes kids' Halloween movies that are perfect to show at a Halloween party or after trick-or-treating. Be sure to vote for your favorites and if you know of a great Halloween movie that isn't on the list, add it!

A lot of these kids' Halloween movies are shown each year on TV, particularly on ABC Family, which shows the "13 Nights of Halloween" annually. Not all of these movies are about Halloween. Some are creepy, sure, but a film doesn't actually have to include Halloween to make the cut. Movies like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and Ghostbusters, for example, aren't about Halloween at all - but they are perfect to show at Halloween anyway!

If you're going all-out this year for Halloween, you might want to check out these lists for some great Halloween songs, decoration ideas and some tasty Halloween recipes to serve while you watch your favorite Halloween movies.
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Hocus Pocus Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez

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Ghostbusters Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

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The Addams Family Christina Ricci, Christopher Lloyd, Anjelica Huston

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Beetlejuice Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

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Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

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Casper Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Christina Ricci

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analise.dubner added Monster House Kathleen Turner, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi

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Corpse Bride Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

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The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown Debbie Reynolds, Rino Romano, Kimberly J. Brown

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Coraline Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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The Haunted Mansion Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, Terence Stamp

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Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Edward Scissorhands Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price

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ozzy added The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

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Gremlins Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman, Phoebe Cates

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown High Debbie Reynolds, Frank Welker, Finn Wittrock

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Return to Halloweentown Debbie Reynolds, Sara Paxton, Summer Bishil

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carlybobarly added ParaNorman Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

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datrlykewlfreekinguymandood added Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Debbie Reynolds, Jessica Lucas, Peter Wingfield

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carlybobarly added Frankenweenie Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

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ozzy added Young Frankenstein Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder

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Scooby-Doo Pamela Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Isla Fisher

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Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Gh... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost Tim Curry, Frank Welker, Jane Wiedlin

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sageantone added Ernest Scared Stupid Eartha Kitt, Jim Varney, Ernie Fosselius

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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Labyrinth Jennifer Connelly, David Bowie, Frank Oz

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The Witches Rowan Atkinson, Anjelica Huston, Brenda Blethyn

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Little Monsters Fred Savage, Howie Mandel, Ben Savage

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The Monster Squad Tom Noonan, Stephen Macht, Jon Gries

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Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Casey Kasem, Don Messick, Ruta Lee

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Casper Meets Wendy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Casper Meets Wendy Hilary Duff, Pauly Shore, Teri Garr

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Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings

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Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers Casey Kasem, Rob Paulsen, Arte Johnson

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Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie David Ogden Stiers, Jim Cummings, Kath Soucie

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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island Mark Hamill, Frank Welker, Adrienne Barbeau

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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

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Dustin Moore added The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, J. Pat O'Malley

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William Crotty added Phantom of the Megaplex Mickey Rooney, Taylor Handley, Caitlin Wachs

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice Nicolas Cage, Monica Bellucci, Teresa Palmer

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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William Crotty added Under Wraps Ed Lauter, Bill Fagerbakke, Adam Wylie

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AshleyTaber added Double, Double, Toil and Trouble Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Cloris Leachman

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The Black Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Halloween Movies for Kids
The Black Cauldron John Hurt, John Huston, Nigel Hawthorne

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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alicia Silverstone, Seth Green